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. nearly all of our partners and allies are convinced that president assad is a tyrant, hell-bent on clinging to power, is no longer fit to lead the syrian people and he must go. >> as well as syria and iran the united states faces new challenges from islammix extremism in african, yet it is not clear they are ready to stand on their own by 2014 when u.s. troops are scheduled to withdraw. and great power politics are on the a lend-- agenda again. china is confident, insertive in the south china sea in relations about moskow have cooled. all of this with a troubled economy at home and calls for a lighter footprint abroad. i'm pleased to have tom donilon back at this table. welcome. >> thank you, charlie. >> rose: we are now into a second term. what do we mean by lighter footprint? >> well, if we step back on that, at the beginning of 2012, the president after a multimonth review, close consultation with the uniformed military, the joint chief, service secretaries and combatant commanders around the world put together a new defense strategy. that defense strategy had to take in
, this will be a self fulfilling prophecy. you mentioned we should not topple assad and destabilize syria. the outcome is eventually a topple assad and eight destabilize syria -- [applause]another thousand dead, another half-million refugees, and then the precise outcome that you do no one anything to lead us to. what is the policy when assad, who refuses to go down without fighting, uses the chemical weapons in his arsenal? what is the reaction then? we have all the same problems you are talking about. one last thing, there is actually a history that precedes 2003 and 2001 in america. there were some very dubious interventions the united states got into in the 1990's. not getting in the middle of ethnic groups -- have of not adding in the middle of the ethnic groups in bosnia. we could've had that exact debate. the equivalent of that would have said you cannot possibly bring a better outcome in bosnia given the war that has been going on for centuries in that country. yet, we did. we bonded to the point we were able to stop the war. we have the accordance. i think better off in the balkans than they
dictator bashar al-assad, it must feel like damascus is shrinking. today, three massive bombs tore through the heart of the city near the soul of his reign. the largest detonated outside the headquarters of assad's ruling political party papt least 53 were found dead, mangled bodies amid blazing wreckage. the other two bombs exploded outside offices of assad's feared intelligence agency, killing another 22. rebels also claimed today that their mortar rounds hit the army's central command building. damascus, the capital, was the last city to mostly hold the vicious war at bay. the rebellion began nearly two years ago, a popular uprising against the 42-year dictatorship of the assad family. neighborhoods have turned to rubble. 70,000 people are dead, and refugees are pouring over the borders. some of the leaders of the opposition groups fighting in syria are not in syria tonight. they're in cairo for talks, and that's where we find our correspondent clarissa ward tonight. clarissa, what are they saying about the bombing, and what is the point of the talks there? >> reporter: well, scott, uns
humanity perpetrated by the government forces of bashar al- assad. and the opposition rebels who oppose them. the report details, quote, sexual violence, abuses against children, unquote. one of the authors of the report, a former chief u.n. war crimes prosecutor says syria should be refused to the icc, the international criminal court. those responsible for such crimes, he says there is a list of the high-level perpetrators, should be prosecuted. >> i would say as a defender of justice, it must be imminent, urgently, because crimes continuing committed in syria and the number of incidents are increasing day to day, so justice must be done. >> the u.n. panel also had this recommendation to the international community. quote, curb the proliferation and supply of weapons, unquote, into syria. >> question, one round robin. the timing of the report helpful or unhelpful to diplomats trying to bring an end to the fighting in syria? mort. >> i think it's helpful. it will inspire some other country to get involved that in war. >> eleanor night. love the u.n. but i think it's largely irrelevant.
to the syrian rebels fighting the assad regime, but it is nonlethal aide, not the weapons, that the rebels really want. john kerry made the official announcement in rome from the conference there with the syrian opposition leaders. nbc's ayman mojadin is in cairo. they have to put a good face on it because they need the money, but they may have wanted a whole lot more. >> that's correct. in fact, they were threatening to boycott the meeting going into thursday's planned meeting in rome because they wanted guarantees that their demands were going to be met. now, among those demands, as you mentioned, theymented to tip the balance of power many terms of the fighting that has taken place on the ground. to do that they need the armed op sfwligs to have better weapons and to have more assistance in their fighting infrastructure. well, they didn't get that today, and so they were privately disappointed, but nonetheless publicly. they are describing the meeting as cautiously optimistic. in fact, i was speaking to the spokesperson of the coalition a short while ago. he said that there was a qualit
sign, by which israel is warning both hezbollah and assad that israel is well aware of what is going on. >> israelis fear for their safety. the air strikes marked an escalation in the conflict. now syria says it reserves the right to retaliate. >> in a separate development, the united nations has accused israel of violating the rights of palestinians by continuing to build settlements on occupied land. the united nations human rights council meeting in geneva called israel's settlement building creeping annexation and called on the country to stop the practice and remove all jewish settlers from the west bank. israel is boycotting the meeting as it accuses the council of bias. joining us now for more on these stories is our middle east correspondent. can the region afford a new conflict between syria and israel first of all? >> certainly not. the whole region is in turmoil, weather we look at nigeria, mali, egypt -- whether we look at nigeria, mali, egypt. this was really meant as a warning shot against syria, but then again, the region isyou doe react. i think this is also a message by
syrian president al assad. the group ended a two-day summit in egypt's capital cairo. a statement released in the meeting calls on member nations to play a greater role in ending the fighting in syria. earlier, egyptian president morsi called for stronger support for anti-government syrian forces. he said assad should learn from history it's the people who survive and not the governing forces. but iranian presint mahmo madinejais said to have rejected any criticism of the assad administration. egyptian foreign minister says the leaders failed to include a firm anti-assad position in the statement because of strong resistance from iran, syria's ally. >>> iran's supreme leader ayatollah khomeini rejected a proposal for direct talks with the united states, saying the country is pushing negotiations with the threat of military force. khomeini spoke on thursdayn the catal tehran the supreme leader say that u.s. politicians should know that pressure and negotiation are not compatible. he also said the ball is in the u.s. court, suggesting he wants to see further action by the country. h
character as he may have been in libya, like mr. assad in syria, like you might remember in iraq a few years ago, these governments fought against the rise of islamic fundamentalism. they contained it. >> i as i of that endorsement extends to the assad regime. >> i think that diplomacy and notably russian diplomacy, have made progress, which might allow an exit from the syrian conflict. what would be on the other hand in the catastrophic in my opinion would be to help islamic fundamentalists to brutally overthrow the government of assad. if they take control of syria, they will impose sharia law and persecute minorities. we cannot just do whatever we want in these countries, and breaking off relations with bashar al assad is senseless. on the other hand, guiding democracy in the country would be much more successful than what we are currently doing. >> paintings, books, and plays often contain clues as to the artist or writer's state, but what about a cross word? a master of the art of the cryptic cross word has something very important to tell his legions of fans, so he put it where he had
session leaders -- opposition leaders may be willing to speak with assad's regime but there is a catch. >> reporter: rebels and regime troops continue to battle with some of the fiercest fighting taking place near the northern city of alepo. opposition fighters stepped up the attacks on ser january military air bases seizing two regime airports. assad's troops responded. the fighting has intensified. the israeli military confirming it has taken in seven syrians injured. these are the first known syrians to be treated in israel. meanwhile, the u.n. is making a push to open up talks between the assad regime and opposition leaders. both sides refused to talk to each other during the bloody two-year war. now opposition leaders say they will engage in talks as long as assad and the security officials aren't involved. so far, u.n. backed efforts continue to fail as the death toll is estimated at more than 70,000 syrians killed in the fighting. connor powell, fox news. >>> two deadly explosions in baghdad today killing 28 people. police say more than 80 people were injured in the blast which
. this is new video of president assad and the supreme court council of iranian security. assad referencing an israeli airstrike within his borders on wednesday. syrian tv releasing the video that shows the attack. we can't confirm the video. but u.s. officials say the attack targeted a convoy that was believed to be delivering anti-aircraft weapons to hezbollah. meanwhile, israeli's defense minister predicting the falof the syrian regime. >> i should admit, since you mentioned, most imminent and immediately, they are coming to fall, i hope, of the assad... power: this will be a major blow to the iranians and to hezbollah as well. that is going to happen imminently. >> jamie: joining me the middle eastern terrorism analyst. good morning. >> good morning to you. >> jamie: israel responsible for that attack? your thoughts? >> lthe rail rarails usually claim responsibility if the action is open, by air force and they wait a few times to see the results. in fact, reality is that the israelis are sending a message, number 1, to the syrian, to allow the convoys to come from iran, through iraq, in
to destabilize his country. president assad broke his silence on the israeli air strike during a meeting with the foreign minister. assad said syria's military is capable of handling foreign aggression. that came as they give the first hint of israeli involvement. he did not admit out right but did say it means the the right to protect itself should be respected. >> if it is about what happened in serious several days ago, i keep telling them frankly we say we do not think it should be allowed to bring advanced systems into lebanon. >> there are still questions being out of what was hit during wednesday's attack. syrian st. helen -- state television broadcast these images and claimed a military research facility was destroyed, but they said the air strike was aimed at stopping a shipment of weapons to hezbollah in lebanon. a foreign policy analyst i spoke to earlier, asking if syria wanted to influence. >> israel will claim it does not want to intervene, that this was an action against militants, but if you look at israel's real strategy, if you put yourself in the shoes of the prime min
opposed to president assad talked to fox news about how his forces are fighting alongside terrorists. correspondent greg palkot is in turkey tonight. >> syrian conflict is two years old as rebels continue to clash with forces of assad. >> groups of rebels are fighting every day. >> malik was a colonel in the syrian military. he is now deputy commander of the free syrian army. shed ago civilian suit when she border town. a transit point for rebels going into syria. regarding the growing presence of foreign fighters he admits they are there fighting alongside his men, but he doesn't openly condone brutal tactics. >> the free army organized to fight assad. the support comes from outside syria. >> reporter: he rejects any negotiation with assad and his regime. >> he uses a show of nego to get more time to kill more people in syria. >> he wants iran and russia to stop backing assad and called to u.s. to get more involved. he says america is standing by the sidelines. >> we look the america to play an important role. >> reporter: he says the only way he will be forced out is with force. >>
need to create pressure on assad and build relationship with people inside syria who might take over one day. another factor is there are rebels, al-qaeda affiliated rebels the united states and the west doesn't support. and i don't think it's in the west's interest to see them end up at the top of the heap. >> rose: and then we turn to the story of the chinese army spying on the american government and american companies with david sanger of the "new york times," dune lawrence and michael riley of bloomberg businessweek. >> the cyber has been off to the side as something of an annoyance. i'm hearing this has gotten so big it's moving to the center of the relationship and it risks the rest of the relationship. i think the next thing you're going to see the president sending some kind of envoy to beijing to make that point. >> rose: the conflict in syria and spying on the united states by the chinese army when we continue. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: we begin tonight with a look at the crises in syria
years ago, a popular uprising against the 42-year dictatorship of the assad family. neighborhoods have turned to rubble. 70,000 people are dead, and refugees are pouring over the borders. some of the leaders of the opposition groups fighting in syria are not in syria tonight. they're in cairo for talks, and that's where we find our correspondent clarissa ward tonight. clarissa, what are they saying about the bombing, and what is the point of the talks there? >> reporter: well, scott unsurprisingly, the opposition has released a statement condemning today's bombing and saying that the assad regime was to blame for this attack. of course, the assad government saying that it was, in fact, extremist elements within the opposition who were responsible. but the meetings that are going on here in cairo among the syrian opposition are essentially to determine the conditions for possible talks between the syrian opposition and the assad regime. those talks would likely be brokered by the u.s., and also by russia. >> pelley: emphasis on "possible talks." clarissa, thank you very much. clari
ready to meet in rome to talk about more ways to help the syrian opposition bring down president assad. kerry met french president in paris ahead of the international meeting. >> we all agree that the time is passed for president assad to heed the voice of his people and the people in the world who want a peaceful transition and a new opportunity for syria. >> kerry says assad needs to know he cannot shoot his way out of the current situation. he says representatives of western countries the will focus on the transition ise during theireeti on thursday. >>> delegates from six major powers wrapped up talks from their counter parts from iran on the country's nuclear program and promised to meet again. they proposed a gradual easing of sanctions. iranian representatives are reacting positively to the idea. representatives of the five permanent members of the u.n. security council met. they want leaders in tehran to scale back their nuclear ambitions. the foreign policy chief chaired the two-day talks. the iranians sent their top nuclear negotiator. the proposal hostile actionshould cease.
to overthrow syrian president assad. biden emphasized that assad must step down. >> nearly all of our partners and allies are convinced that president assad, a tyrant, hell bent on clinging to power, is no longer fit to lead the syrian people and he must go. >> biden also met with the u.n. peace envoy. the country remains in the midst of a civil war. the united nations estimates more than 60,000 people he been killed and 700,000 syrians have plead the country. back here at home, a man from the district is suing the d.c. government over his treatment at a city correctional facilty last year. the man is hearing impaired. and he can only communicate through sign language. as derrick ward reports, his attorney says the treatment is something like being gagged. >> william pierce cmunicates primarily through american sign language. he has all his life. written english is considered a second language. most times that's no problem when there is an asl interpreter. last year went to jail, 60 days on same am assault charge. that's when the problem started. >> there was no interpreter there for him or at
was targeted by assad's force. she now lives in this container with her husband and eight other family members. they've been here for months. the regime army killed our boys, she said. shelled our homes, burned them and looted them. they did everything bad. it's made up of women and children. most of the men stayed in syria. some fight in the free syrian army. like mohammed, he put his wife and kids in the camp. we go to syria for 20 days, he says, come back and see our family for two or three days and then return. our fighting is near aleppo. this is one of the better camps. tight security helps already shell shocked refugees feel safe. they're also fleeing to other places. all told, nearly 800,000 refugees outside syria, millions more displaced inside. this makes for a huge humanitarian problem. the u.s. has contributed $365 million in aid. this is fast becoming a political problem fort countries near syria. >> the economic and seen the security burden on some of these countries is going to grow. >> politics is never far from the minds of those that the killers camp. most blame one person. s
blow that could be dealt to iran than the fall of the assad regime. if one wants to be a cold hearted realist and criticize all the public and moral considerations that people like me like to develop, there is no question that from a cold strategic standpoint, our interest requires us to do what ever we can. what i said what ever we can -- here i go back to something kagan said, nobody is talking about 200,000 troops. the iraq war is not all we need to know about every foreign policy decision that the united states never has to make. i would say that the final. we will discover, and we have discovered before, the pursuit of our moral values abroad turns up to the strategic benefits to the united states. the strongest position in the world the united states can have is when it has alliances not with regimes but with people. it is the point of the event. [applause] >> if you are twisting out there,-- tweeting out there, but this know your thinking about the debate this evening. would you like to take up why the u.s. is doing enough in syria? >> i do not want to argue that the united sta
the situation on the ground now but assuming assad is deposed, the thought was it would be beneficial from the united states had some stronger relationships with the fighting groups of groups inside syria. the people actually in control the ground. then secretary of state hillary clinton supported that argument. so did leon panetta and general dempsey. that was brought to the whitehouse before the election not a political climb to do something controversial like that but it would have been a limited operation in the sense they weren't going to provide what they call man pads, air defense weapons because they didn't want to risk them falling into the wrong hands and endangering israeli and other civilian aircraft. anyway it came to the attention of the whitehouse, it was discussed president obama decided against it at the time and others who counseled against the proposal including vice president biden, tom dawn lynn who was recently a your show the national security advisor and susan rice. those are kind of the two camps, the whitehouse against the rest of the government as it existed at t
. >> according to reuters, the draft community meeting from the opposition says that president assad cannot be promoted to a settlement. this was made clear between the opposition and members of the government who are not already implicated in violence in a way that does not undermine support of the revolution, to put an end to the assad regime. any negotiated settlement must be under the auspices of the united states and russia. there is growing acceptance within the opposition towards members of the government as something that other members of the opposition may have been earlier reluctant to endorse. they made it clear that until now this was an individual initiative. >> the olympic and pair olympic -- para olympic athlete, oscar pistorius, is accused of shooting his girlfriend dead. he said that he thought she was an intruder. we are going out to tanya, just outside the court. it seems that the heat of the case has turned from oscar pistorius to the lead investigator, hilton botha. remind us why. >> yes, that is absolutely right. because this morning there were these revelations that h
to arm the rebels and how are they going to get rid of bashar al assad. >> wolf blitzer joins us from washington. the president doesn't even have the new security team in place. the senate hasn't confirmed chuck hagel for secretary of defense yet, david petraeus' replacement, john brennan and secretary of state john kerry, he's still finding his way around the state department. what are they leaning to in terms of arming the sunni rebels. >> the president is still pretty much leaning totally against directly arming the rebels with u.s. military equipment. they're getting nonlethal aid, some computers, phones, humanitarian assistance, several hundred million dollars to the rebels. but as far as weapons are concerned, i think the boobama administration, the president of the united states, together with the european allies, they're reluctant to do it, afraid those weapons might get into the wrong hands. some of the rebels might be affiliated with al qaeda, for example. if you provide weapons to some of these groups they could wind up endangering potentially israeli aircraft in the vicini
, war crimes. and they say the crimes were committed not just by the government of president assad, but by his mysterious opposition, as well. so, as the battle rages closer to the capital of damascus, our terry moran has made the dangerous journey into the heart of the simmering conflict. he is in damascus itself. >> reporter: the road from beirut to damascus. we drove into syria along this heavily guarded route -- checkpoint after checkpoint after checkpoint. it is now a lifeline, as damascus, the stronghold of the government of president bashar assad, becomes a city under siege. it is a dirty war, in a crucial country. just look at the map. the kay use engulfing syria threatens to spill over into iraq on one side, israel and lebanon on the other. a nightmare scenario for the u.s. the united nations now estimates that 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting, though, no one really knows. a u.n. commission today called for war crimes investigations of both sides. assad's government, which has sought to crush the rebellion by any means necessary. and the rebels, many of whom
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